Students learn about the relationships of letters to sounds as well as the structure and meaning of words to help them in reading and spelling. You'll learn the role that phonics, phonological awareness, vocabulary, spelling, and word study instruction play in learning to read and write.

The specific principles relate to the nine areas of learning that are important for grades PreK-8 include:

  • Early Literacy Concepts
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Letter Knowledge
  • Letter-Sound Relationships
  • Spelling Patterns
  • High-Frequency Words
  • Word Meaning/Vocabulary
  • Word Structure
  • Word-Solving Actions

We offer professional development opportunities to support your work around phonics and word study in grades K-3.

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Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom (Grades K-3)

Learn the role that phonics, phonological awareness, vocabulary, spelling, and word study instruction play in learning to read and write.

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It’s important to recognize that, while important, phonics, spelling, word analysis, and grammar and usage strategies are not the end goal of literacy education. Their importance lies in their contribution to reading and writing continuous texts.
Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide, page 2
Questions
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